August 6 - 9
720 North 114th Street in Miracle Hills Shopping Center
9 am - 7 pm Thursday and Friday
9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
Please join the Douglas County
Historical Society at our Annual Garage Sale featuring
tables of items including books, household items,
collectibles, antiques and much more.
This year's sale takes place at 720 North 114th Street,
in the Miracle Hills Shopping Center, from August 6 - 9.
Open hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Thursday and Friday and 9
am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. All sales will be
Call 402-455-9990 for more details.
Items to be included in the sale can be dropped off at
720 North 114th Street, weekdays from July 27 through
August 4 between 10 am and 4 pm and on Saturday, August
1 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Douglas County
Historical Society and support our mission to collect,
preserve and present to the public the history of
Douglas County Nebraska.
Second Sunday Talk
The Signal Corps presented by Max Sparber
Metropolitan Community College Building 10, Room 110
In August’s Second Sunday, Douglas County Historical
Society researcher Max Sparber will discuss the signal
corps, the telegraph, and the secret lives of the people
who ran the singing wire.
Before there was the Internet, before there was the
telephone, before even radio, there was the “singing
wire” – the telegraph. There wouldn’t be an Omaha
without the telegraph – city founder Edward Creighton
helped string the transcontinental telegraph across
Nebraska, and the railroad followed that line, and Omaha
was born because of the railroad.
The telegraph had its own language, Morse Code, and so
was run by a series of specialty trained telegraph
operators, who developed their own culture, including
The military quickly adopted the telegraph, as it needed
an effective way to communicate orders and information
along long distances. This was entrusted to the Signal
Corps, a branch of the United States Army responsible
for communications in the various branches of the
In 1905, Omaha’s Fort Omaha was reactivated as a
training school for the Signal Corps, teaching, as a 114
document explained it, “electricity, telephony,
telegraphy, radio-telegraphy, line-construction work,
and special instruction in telegraphic accounts …” How
appropriate that the military would teach the telegraph
in a city that would not exist without it?
This Second Sunday Talk will be held on August 9 at 2 pm
at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in
Building 10, Room 110. The event is free for members and
$5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
10 AM - 3 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Douglas County Historical Society
along with the Meadowlark Model A
Club will host a FREE family event
at beautiful Historic Fort Omaha.
This vintage car show will exhibit
Model As, Model Ts, and other
vintage cars pre- 1965. The
Meadowlark Model A Club will have
lunch, drinks and snacks for sale.
will be offering FREE admission to the
General Crook House Museum (located on
the Fort), enjoy free rides in a vintage
car, watch the 'Craoi na tire' Irish
Dancers, and listen to the 1st Nebraska
Volunteers Brass Band!
Wheels at the Fort will take place on
August 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
This event is free and open to the
Page From Our Past
Library Archives Center
5:30 - 6:30 PM
County Historical Society will feature Nebraska author
Manya Nogg’s book Age is Just a Number and Mine’s
Unlisted at our August 25th Page from Our Past
author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program
focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and
non-fiction, and is held the fourth Tuesday of each
month in the evening. A Page from Our Past
is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where
the audience has the opportunity to get up close and
personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a
book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the
Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for
members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is
required and seating will be limited to 20 participants.
To register, email
email@example.com or call 402-455-9990,